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/NSTR(JCT/OAVA L PO/NTS 
"WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT? -THE SPECIAL COURT-MARTIAL" 



1. C&tMtML CASES IN7WE APMY 1 WPMAILY E£GM AT THE COMPANY 
COAiMANPEA? LEVEL . 

2. A COVXT-MART/AL /& A fieMfWM CASE A/VP A CC/VY/CT/OYV 
PESOLTS /A/A COURT-MARTIN- CONWCTION RECORP. 

3. WE MAX/MUM PM/S//MEA/T FO£ A XE&t/LAG SPEC/AL COCPT- 
MAPT/AL AS S/X MOA/WS 'CONFINEMENT AT HARP LA&OR, 
TW&fflffiDS FOPFE/TOPEEOP $/Y MON7t/S,ANP A?E£>UOT/ON TO £2. 

<f. £AC// COMMAWEP M//ST MA/CE A W /NDEPEN0ENT DEC/S/ON 
ON WE P/SPOS/T/ON OF EAO/Y CASE. 

5. ANACCC/SE/? m PPOV/PED AN APMY YAWYEP AS 0EFE//SE C#Mg£L. 

6. CO//PF8-MA&T/AI 4a?£ ZECAY PA?OCE/?/Ya?ES WY//CP MAY EE CO/V- 
FCYS/NC TO Art AECVSEQ A///? PE Af£/S7~* A?EYY OW MS COMVSEL 
EOfi ASS/SFAA/CE. 

Z APPELLATE A7YEPTS /ftCYC/DE PEWfW A?Y F//E 

COMMANDED, TA/E STAFF i/UOCE A&ffl&lTK ANY? /A/ SOAAE 
CASES BY TPE <JC£>GE AYAYOCAYE (9EAYEPAE 





LET'S CHANGE /NTO C/V/ES. 
/ WANT TO TRY 77//$ fflTA OUT. 



A PEW MINUTES LATE&, 



GOOD /PEA. LET'S SHOWER 
SO WE CAN 60 
DOWNTOWN LATER. 




Off/ / SHOULD LOCk WAT UP< 
BUT WE'& IN A HURRY. fU 
BB3ACK SOON. 



MR 

m 




WB SLOWER ROOM, 




/O MMU7ES LATER. 



HEY! MY CAMERA '5 Gofi/E. / 
WEW / St/OULD HAVE LOCKE & /T 
OP. ttrsSEE TOP W6XTAWAY. 





UUST THEM. 

EVERYONE'S RESTRICTED A THEFT 
DOWN IN JOHNSON'S ROOM, //BY. 
WHAT'S THAT? YOU STAY THERE. WHAT'S THE 

MATTER, SAR6EP 
/ (JUST FOUND THIS /// 
MY LAUNDRY. HONEST! 




IN THE ORDERLY ROOM 




LATER WE CO. /S 8Z/EFED 



THAT5 /T.S/R. tfERE/N WE MP 
REPORT ANO W/TNESS STATEMENTS. 
HARR/S - - A TR/EF MRD TO 




WHAT ARE YOU 60/tf6 7V OO t 
S/RP BARRACKS LARCENY /$ 






A COURT-MART/AL IS A REAL 
CR/MWAL TRIAL M/CH CAN 
RESULT MA COURT CONWCT/ON. 




THAT'S RIGHT. /N ADDITION, AN 
ACCUSED TRIED BY SPECIAL 
COURT-MARTIAL FOR THIS 

OFFENSE CAN %FC£IVE A 
MAX/MOM SENTENCE OF 6 
M0AT77/S /// UAIL , FORFEITURE 
OF TIATO THIRDS PAY PEP mm 
FOR 6 A?a/V77/S AND REDUCTION 




A PUNITIVE DISCPAf&E IS POSSIBLE 
WHEN 7PIEDBYA BCD SPECIAL 
COURT- WRTIAL OR BY A GENERAL 
COURT MARTIAL . DOES HARRIS 
HAVE A PRIOR COURT-MARTIAL? 





DROP THE CASE 
g. USE ARTICLE \5 

3 RECOMMEND A 
COURT-MARTIAL TO 
THE BATTALION 
COMMANDER . 



ON TH£ WAY BA 



CR/M/MAL RECORD- ■ 
6 AND 6 -IE OR 
CWRT- MARTIAL? 
WHAT A TOUGH 
DECISION, 




[ WE NEXT I FIRST SERGBANT, I'M GOING 
TO RECOMMEND A SPECIAL 
COURT-MARTIAL FOR HARRIS 
FOR WOIATION OF ARTICLE 121 OF THE 
^-\r-^^ UNIFORM COPE OF MILITARY 
JUSTICE -LARCENY. 



a/CS/R. I NAVE THE CHA&E 
SHEETS AND FORWARDING 
LETTER TYPED UP. /'LI- 
HAVE HARRIS HERE AF 
moo So YOU QiN INFORM 
HIM OF THE 
CHARGES. 




AT I WO p ™ 

THAT'S IT, HARRIS I'MCHAROING 
YOU WITH LARCENY AND RECOM- 
MENDING" A SPECIAL COURT- 
MARTIAL TO THE COLONEL. 



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I TWO PAYS LATER. | J/e m # £ > s TN£ 

HARR/S CASE PROM & COMPANY. JAG 
SAYS /T LOOKS L/RE A ClOSB CASE 
BUT WAT WERE /S ENOUtStf TO (SO 
TO T&AL OM ^ ^ 




JUST I /RE THE 
COMPANY COMMANPER, / 
MUST MAKE AN LNPEP&PENA 
DBS/S/QN. M'MMf WELL, / 
WJNKA COURT- MARVAL/S 
NEEDED. HE mO HAVE 
THE CAMERA! 



NEXT WEEK I $/# THEYWAA/T TO 
JAIL ME FOR SOMETWNG I D/PN'TM 
WE PtRST SERGEANT SAID YOU WERE 
A LAWYER ANT) WOULD HELP ME. 

RELAX, SAM. .. /AM A 
LAWYER ANP WE WIN 
QU/TE A FEW OP OUR 
CASES. LET'S START 
PROM TNE &ES/NN/NG - - 
STEP BY STEP. _ . 





AN HOUR LATER. \ WE'VE BEEN OVER 
TMT'3 VME5 S/R/ '/ 'JUST WANT TO 
BEAT A CVORT-mRVAL. No 
MORE QUEST/ONS. j — — 



OK. JUST A PEW MORE 
FOR 70PAY.... ANY 
ENEM/ES //V THE SARRACKS? 
ANYONE WNO POESN'T 
UKE YOU? J 



HECK NO. ALL WE 
FELLOWS GET ALONG! 
BUT... NEYj I PI D GET 
//VTO /T WfTH 
ANDEPSOaI A FEW 
WEEKS AGO~OVEf? 



MUCHLATEZ 



WE 



TRIAL COUNSEL MAS 
WIS SET FO/t 7F/AL 
NEXT WEDNESDAY, 
BETTER MAKE A m? 
Of WINGS WOO. / 

CAN'T MISS ANY 
PETA/L, 





I'M MRRf5' PiATOtW LEAVER 
ANP / WANT TO SPEAK UP FOR 
///MAT 77/E TRIAL. HE'S A 
SOO& S0LD/M&. J~ 



PT THOHPSOf 



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G OOD J L /ElfTENANTj YOU CAN 
TESTIFY AS TO HAPfi/S'GOOL? 
MORAL CHARACTER AT TNE 
T&/AL. /FNSIS FOUNP GUILTY. 
YOU CAN AGAIN TESTIFY 
FOR MM ON WHAT SENTENCE 
HE SHOULD RECEIVE. 



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III 



ONE OTHER W/W- WHYNO EM 
ON THE COURT? THAT'S NOT FAIR. 



hey mr/ hapr/s can have aA 

/EAST OA/E'TWfGD OF THE COURT 
BEENL/STEP A/EM WATS 
OS6MLLY EMOUS// TO F/ WAN 
ACCUSED N0T6U/LTY BUT FELLOW 
\ENL(S7EP MEM CAM AMP Do F/NP 
E ML /STEP ACCUSEP SO/LTY, EM 
COOgTAfffflERS CAN 

help but cam hortalso. 

mm WILL HAVE To 




TMREE DAYS LATER . 

s/r. m nervous. 

LETS &ET/TOUER. 



COVRTS-MARVAL 
SOMEVME? 
TAKE A WJLE. 



CALM POWM NOCU. 



t YohnAVETorelpme: 
/'JUL BE ASK/NG YOU 
QUEST/CMS AMP YOU'LL BE 
PEC/P/MG SOME IMPORTANT 
QOEST/OA/S 




WE JUDGE WfiL SOON SE 



'■ ON THE COUK T £i £ [> 



WHY SO MANY QUESTIONS 
HAVE ALL THOSE CHO/CES 

^ AHP/F 



YES YOUM AHP/F YOU PLEAD 
GUILTY. THE JUDGE IM/LL ACCEPT 
YOUR PIE A OHL Y /F YOU ARE 
GU/LTY and SAY so. mo 
PHONY PEALS /MA 0l/7%& 
^ COtiRT. - 

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IT 



YOV SAID /OfPNtmVE TO 
THE GOl/EPMMENT MOST 

prove its case p/fisr. 

YOO CAN'T &EEORCEP 
\T0T£ST/FYONl£S5 YOO 
WANT TO, 




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39 Ca) S£ SS/CW* . 77/£ M/L/TAXY PPRASE 
Fm PPEl/M/NAPY FEAR/N &- - 
/S CAUEO W O&ER, J THE COURT /S 

CONVENER BY 
COORT-ffflRr/AL 




A F&VM/N07ES IATEP. \ 9 p rr/A) /QT 
MARp/S. YOVmVE TtfE fifttiTTDtfAVE 
ATlEASr WE TP/RO OF TMEA?&fdf# 
Stf/P OF Ttf/S CC&&T COM- 
POSED 0FEMJS7EZ? TO 
PO YOOMMTWUSTEP 
PEPS0/S 78$£0£W£££ 
TO Tft/S COURT? 






fSMMTzs later, 



CAttS as nrs msr wtness piatoom 



SERGEANT ERU/E i/ONES. 



r D0 YOUSH/EAR TftATmjE £mmce YOU 
SUAJJ- @W£m ME OtS£ f/OH//A/ 
MEAR/N6 S//AU BE TtfE TWTtf, WB 

WffitM near// Am wrwtG &m~ 

7WE 




STATE YOl/R FULL NAMEG&ffi, 
OR6AN/ZAT/ON, STAVOtyAND 

PLATOON S££GEAHT>CmfiW¥ 

/NFANTRY, EO#T&LANK t 
M/SSOtfc/, C/.S.ARMY. 




do you know we \ 

1 accused? j 

yes. 



/rs $p<f/mm 

S/rr/AfB OYER THERE. 




/call rode Amvrtm 

TO A PAYDAY SEVERAL- 
WEERSAGO /AY r#E 
3ARRAC&. WHAT 
y^APPWEP? 

//AIL AND MS 
LCOR/N& f&R PLA- 
W&t SERtSEANT 
STE/N WHEN I 
OPENEP 7WE 
POORToffARRiSs 
SQVAOROOM, 
/S4UY.. 



/OM/A/l/TES LATEfr 
THAT'S AS^T ALL f\ 

******** nmfm 

F/RST SERGEANT « 
HY/LSON TELL YOU ARM 
THE BARRACKS 
LARCENY P 




08JECT/0N, YOUR HONOR. WE 
P/&5ECOT/ON /S LEAPING THE 
W/TNESS AALL? /$ ASR/A/S YVYZ 
A YYEARSAY AAY8MER. 





yw&oBi/ECTYo/Y/s smmnm 

REPHRASE yaw qffEST/ON, 



cpz THcms&N/s po/m 

ALL g/£HZ TH/S LE&AL 
STZ/EE YS C0AYEPSYAY6 
0(/TYY£L/AY/?ER£rAWS 




SEVERAL MOPE WfWESSESAPECAUED. 



THE PBOSBOJTfON ) WE PEAEPSE MAS 

Pests, i — — --w of&jm amvm&A 

~S7m PEPEPSE WLL SPOVTPAT 
SP4 HARMS fS Tfg WCWf 
OF A PPAMEUP AMD PfD NOT 
STEAL TPP CAMERA Hp 
MUSPcWTPAT... 




NOW, POfiRfG0£Z, \ WELL, (PE CAME /N 
HP/AT PAPPENEP J AND PVUEP 77/EM 



TPEWP 



APART. SAM. SAM 
PAPP/S, mWTEP 7V SPAKE 
BUTANPPPSON PEPPSPD. 
A WE PS ON PONT E/PE 
PAPP/5. WPLLJPEW.,. 



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V/pNEYT M TftESS. WA/TA M/NlfPE. 

.,jpon y cape mrmm^ n 

Y0PSPY. /0/mr \^JJ^jL 

PPAAfE PAPP/S. &SA yW^&MA 

TOPPPPT/NPA/L JMBMSEP. Y0&PE 
U /MPEX<mk WW 
P/P ycrpp&MP 
PAPP/S? 





\WATNi6HT \ WFLL TOMORROW IT'S OVER. 



THE COURT MU AHNOWCE [r$ F/ND/H6S. 
/F YOOAREFOUHP 60/LTY, THEN WE'LL 
ARGOE FOR THE LIGHTEST SENTENCE j 

Pn^S/RL F i 

S/R, /F / AM COWtGTED, 
f$tTALL01/£R?£>Of 

HAVE ANY CHAWE? 





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F/RST WE COLOXtt- I 
MLL REVIEW THE RECm\ 



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REVfEW WERECORP 
OF TR/AL. 





ALL WE WAY TO WASHING7&M 

/ P/ONT A/NOW WEY _ 

CVOW GET /NVOIVEP. )W£U, LETS. 

Agoor 

TOMOPPoW. /fA/ECESSAPY, 

m help ywwtnany 

APPEALS. SEE you iN THE 




2/00 HOURS J^W/TSLATE BUT I'LL 
SEE YOUWComf\ POT A FEU/ MOPE 



S/R. //OPE WE 
MAZE fT. 



M/NUTES WON WE 
'CL0S/N6 ARGUMENT, 
LET'S SEE..,. 



ATO900 THE NEXT MORN/N&. 



WE COURT W/LL \T#E PROSECOTfON 
COME TO cmZPj tfOViD £IK£ TO 

ry — y OPEN ARGUMENT. 

/ / WE GOVERNMENT HAS PROVEP 
WtNAT HARRIS SWLE 77/E 
jfrji^Sfl CAMERA 





20M/NVTES lAT&' AFTZR DEFENSE ARC&MENE 



, . , TNE f/NAL DETERMINATION AS TO TNE 
It/EIGtfT OF TN£ EVIDENCE AND 7WE CREDI- 
BILITY OF THE MTNESSESIN TNIS CASE 
f?E9T$ SOLELY UPON YOU MEMBERS Of WE 
CO(/£T. }W IWS7 DISME&ARP ANY COMMENT 
OF STATEMENT MADE BY ME MRtNG Tf/E 
CoiIftSE OF T//E WAL iVNICN MAY SEEM TO 
INDICATE AN OPfN/ON AS W TNECOILTOR 
INNOCENCE OE WE ACCUSED, FOR YOU 
ALONE NAVE TNE INDEPENDENT gESPWri 
BtUTYOPPECWm TNE 




THE JUPGE CONCLUPES N/S 



MUST IMPARTIALLY tfESOLVE TNE 
ULTIMATE mt/EAS TO TNE 

guilt oz/nnocfnce: OF tw 

ACCUSE!? I// ACCORDANCE WI7N 
WEIAHI, 77/E EWQENCE ADMITTED 
/U COURT, ANP YOO% Old/A/ 
COIYSCI£A/C£. j 





THE COURT /N JOEL/SERAT/ON 



WELLf ITH/NK 
IT'S AN OPEN AND 
SHUT CASE. 
CLEARLY, HARRIS 
WAS FRAMED 3Y 
ANDERSON t 
RODR/EUEZ'S 
TESTIMONY 
BEARS TH/5 
OUT/ 




IA6REE. YOUCoHLD 
Ji/ST T£LL&YW£ 
WAY ANDERSON , 
RLARED UP WHEN 
CRT THOMPSON 

CORNERED H/M Eg //7£= mcKcmi>/ tqryi 
ABOUT THAT R/ERT I ANDERSON AW RARR/S 

/ tr/nkrr Was oar m /s»t/a/a f/shtwer 

ROR /ZBVRNGR 
ANP RLANNRD THE 

whole m/m 



mm JUST HOLD ON, f't/£ 
SEEN AROONR A Mf/t£ 
AND /T'S A COMMON DE- 
RERSE 7~AcRC TO TRY 
TV PUT THE RIAMROR 

someone: other than 

THE/P ACCUSED. /SAY 
THE MEPERACT THAT 




a GOT /NA R/6HT OVER 
m A G/Rl RRRORE THE, 
THEFT OC CURED DOES NT 

MEAN A TH/N&. / 
AFTER AU, WE WERE NT 
THERE TO SEE WHAT 
ACTUALLY RARREMEa 
WE RAYE TV RECON- 
STRUCT THE 
FACTS FROM THE 
m&EAf£E PRE- 
SENTER TO 
PETERAf/AfRTWE 

T/zt/rH/ 





fly Order of the Secretary of the Army: 



Officio]: 

VERNE L. BOWERS 

Major General, Unifecf States Army 

The Adjutant General 



CREIGHTON W. A B RAMS 
General, United States Army 
Chief of Staff 



DISTRIBUTION, 

Active Army; To be distributed in accordance with three (3) times DA Form 12-9A requirement! for 
Administration — A (Qty rqr block no. 1 ). 
NG & U5AR: None. 

U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE : l»7* O — iM-m